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Things Fall Apart, 2020

Identifier: vma_2020spring_berrios_michael.pdf

Scope and Content Note

From the Series:

The series contains digital Master's theses perdominately from 2018 to present, however there are some older theses from 2010 and 2016. The theses consist of either a production book and a media component or solely a production book. The media components were originally submitted on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays and changed to digital submissions in 2020.


  • 2020


Conditions Governing Use

The thesis is restricted due to FERPA, permission from the author is required before you can view the thesis.


59 pages (59 pages)

Language of Materials

From the record group: English

From the record group: Chinese

From the record group: Spanish; Castilian


"Things Fall Apart is a narrative film that aims to realistically represent, onscreen, the human experience of grief, regret, divorce and the consequences of adolescent anger. It follows a Millennial consultant, Landon, whose father, Rich, suddenly dies from a heart attack. Through flashbacks, it is revealed that Landon's relationship with his father was strained because of his actions during Rich's divorce to Landon's mother. Landon resents Rich's handiness with tools and optimistic outlook on life, attributing these characteristics to Rich's inability to reconcile with Landon's mother and his pursuit of a romantic relationship with a woman named Debbie. As he processes his grief, Landon experiences a climactic flashback where Rich implores Landon to be more optimistic, and a fistfight breaks out between the two men. By the end of the film, it is clear that Landon has a deeper understanding of himself and regrets not nurturing his relationship with Rich." -- Abstract

Physical Location

RG 010.01C Visual & Media Arts

Physical Description

59 pages

Repository Details

Part of the Emerson College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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